Application process and criteria

Wellington College International Hangzhou is currently accepting applications for entry into Years 1-9 during the 2020-2021 academic year, or applications into Years 1-10 in the 2021-22 academic year.

Applications can be submitted all year round. Spaces are subject to availability.

Application Process and Criteria

Admission Policies

In line with the admissions regulations for international schools in China, Wellington College International Hangzhou can only accept applications for pupils who meet certain criteria:

  • The child holds a foreign passport
  • The child holds a valid foreign permanent residency (green card)
  • The child holds Hong Kong, Taiwan, or Macau residency

There are other circumstances in which a child may be eligible, such as a parent holding a foreign passport or valid foreign permanent residency (green card). In certain cases, approval from the Hangzhou Education Bureau is required before a pupil can be admitted. To check if your child is eligible for admissions, please contact the Admissions team directly via the contact information provided below.

(+86-571) 8239 6366 

Wellington College International Hangzhou is a selective school which, in line with our holistic educational philosophy, aims to admit boys and girls with a wide range of skills and capabilities including those who can demonstrate academic ability, an enthusiasm for arts, music, sports and service.

Other important characteristics are:

  • An international outlook and a desire to be a global citizen of the future
  • A willingness to work hard with a positive attitude towards learning
  • A desire to develop all Wellington Identities, to take full advantage of the opportunities on offer at Wellington and a commitment to making a positive contribution to the wider Wellington community
  • An aspiration to fulfill and live by the Wellington Values

The admissions process varies across the College and generally consists of an age appropriate academic evaluation; an assessment of cognitive ability; consideration of past school reports and references; review of co-curricular achievements; and an interview during which the pupil should be able to demonstrate a desire to attend Wellington and a willingness to participate in College life.

We do our upmost to make this process as welcoming and comfortable as possible and appropriate for our youngest and our older applicants.

We use OpenApply admissions management to ensure that the admissions process is as smooth, friendly and easy as possible. Our admissions process consists of several clear steps.


Step 1:  Attend the College for a campus tour and introduction

We encourage all parents applying to our school to visit the campus for a short tour and introduction to the College. This gives us a valuable opportunity to get to know our community members more, and allows parents to gain a deeper insight into Wellington Values and Identity, our vision and mission, and our commitment to a holistic education. If you are unable to attend in person, due to researching the College from abroad, we can arrange a Skype chat, telephone introduction, or a tour once you arrive in Hangzhou.

If you would like to schedule a campus tour, please complete an Enquiry form and a member of the admissions team will contact you to schedule an appointment. Alternatively please email the admissions team at


Step 2: Submit an application by completing the Application form in OpenApply

Submit an application and create an OpenApply parent account by clicking ‘Apply Now’.

If you have already created an OpenApply account: Log back into the OpenApply account you created by clicking ‘Parent Portal Login’.


Step 3: Submit the required Application documents and pay the RMB 2,000 non-refundable Application Fee


Once you have submitted an application, the next step is to submit all of the required documents. A checklist of required documents can be found in your OpenApply parent account. Details of fees required are available in the OpenApply portal.


Step 4: Admissions Assessment

Once you have completed the previous steps, a member of the Admissions team will assist you with the rest of the enrolment process, including any required admissions assessments. Details of the admissions assessments we require can be found in the Applying to Wellington booklet.

If at any stage in this process you require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions Department on (+86-571) 8239-6366 or via email at


Guide To Year Groups

The chart below provides an overview of the Year Groups at Wellington College International Hangzhou, and the age equivalents for other established international education systems;